Lime is an essential ingredient for lawns across the country. Lime can cause lawn grasses to lose the nutrients found in soil. If you understand the importance of lime for lawns and what you might need to lime it, you can help your lawn reach all its potential. To help you lime your lawn confidently, the following questions and answers are helpful:
What Is Lime?
Lime can be used as an amendment to the soil. It is made from crushed limestone rock that naturally contains calcium and magnesium carbonate. Lime compounds work to increase soil ph. This will make it less acidic or more alkaline. Lime contains calcium and magnesium, which are essential nutrients for healthy plant growth. However, lime is not meant to replace fertilizer. Liquid lime fertilizer can be used to improve the availability and pH of the soil, as well as offset soil acidity.
Why Apply Lime?
Low soil pH causes lawns to require lime. Local lawn grasses prefer soil pH between 5.8 – 7.2. Warm-season grasses will tolerate a lower pH than cool-season ones. However, lawn grasses should be able to use the nutrients they need, such as nitrogen from lawn fertilizers. Too much pH can cause a reduction in the availability of nutrients. Lime balances soil that is too acidic and brings pH back to ideal levels for growth.
Why Is Soil Testing Important?
Soil testing is a way to accurately measure your soil’s pH levels and other factors like soil type, which can impact the amount of lime or other soil additives that it might need. Without soil samples, you are unable to accurately determine the lawn’s specific needs. Don’t apply lime if it isn’t necessary. Too much lime can actually harm your lawn grasses. If your soil is acidic, it’s a good idea to test every three years.
What’re The Best Times to Apply Lime?
Lime lawns are best when it is fall or spring. This is because lime begins to work faster when there are rain, snow, and cycles of freezing/thawing. Traditional lime can take several months to significantly alter soil ph. It is quick and easy to correct soil ph. Advanced Soil Technology provides the additional benefit of fast-acting lime, which maximizes nutrient supply to your lawn regardless of the season.
How Much Lime Should You Apply? What’s The Best Way To Apply It?
Your soil test results will indicate how much lime you need for your lawn based on its soil type, current pH, and other factors. Because soil types vary greatly, make sure to carefully read these recommendations. For example, clay soils require more lime than those sandy soils to achieve the same results.
Agritecint Fast Acting Lime has an easy way to spread without the dust and mess associated with other products. Once the lime has dried, water the lawn to allow it to get started. Plants such as azaleas thrive in acidic soil. Do not lime near these acid-loving plants.
Liming your lawn only when necessary will help to ensure lush, healthy growth. Agritecint products and Agritecint lawn and garden care products are here to help you take the best care of your lawn so that it grows and is enjoyed to the fullest.